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    El Envejecimiento Provechoso y el Cerebro

    ¿Quieres aprender más sobre el envejecimiento provechoso? ¡Mira nuestro anunció de servicio público, recientemente traducido en español! 

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    The Sleeping Brain

    What happens inside our brains when we sleep? What about sleep versus rest? How do we compare with other species when it comes to sleep? Joining us on this month’s podcast is Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and coauthor of our most recent Cerebrum article, “The Sleeping Brain.”

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    Summer 2017 Brainy Reading List

    Summer is finally here! We have eight brainy book suggestions, all written by members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) or prominent neuroscientists, to take to the pool, beach, or wherever you enjoy a little bit of sun.

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    In the Lab

    Dana Alliance member Nancy Ip, at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, talks about the China Brain Project as well as about her work on IL-33 and Alzheimer's disease, (PDF)

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    'Exercise and the Brain' Wins Northwest Emmy Award

    Congratulations to executive producers Cara Podenski and Eric Chudler and the team at the University of Washington for their 2017 Northwest Emmy Award win for the program “Exercise and the Brain!” Hosted by Chudler, the video discusses the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning, and is part of the BrainWorks series, which aims to educate children about the wonders of neuroscience. The Dana Foundation partnered on this project.

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  • Eric Kandel’s Reductionism in Art and Brain Science – Bridging the Two Cultures

    Cerebrum Book Review

    Reductive art is a term to describe an artistic style or an aesthetic: Stripping down as a new way of seeing. Movements and other terms that are sometimes associated with reductive art include abstract art, minimalism, ABC art, anti-illusionism, cool art, and rejective art. Eric Kandel’s fifth book focuses on reductionism as the principle guiding an ongoing dialogue between the worlds of science and art. Reviewed by Ed Bilsky.

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Top Stories

Defending the Aging Brain

by Carl Sherman

“The brain doesn’t want to be demented,” researcher David Bennett says, “and it has means to protect itself.” He and other scientists are starting to find clues to genetic factors in the biology of resilience.

Smart Drugs in Health and Disease

by Moheb Costandi

Barbara-Sahakian-80Drugs that enhance cognition might benefit people who have cognitive troubles due to depression or schizophrenia, said researcher Barbara Sahakian in a recent lecture at University College London. While there are suggestions that modafinil could improve cognitive performance in high-risk sleep-deprived people, it is less clear whether any benefit would outweigh risks and side effects for people in the normal course of life.

Different Types of Music May Aid Stroke Recovery

by Kayt Sukel

Building on work showing that listening to music helps speed peoples’ recovery from stroke, researchers find that that peppy song you love triggers different brain areas than unfamiliar music.

Who's in Charge?

Brenda Patoine

Sameer Sheth

Sameer Sheth's discovery of conflict-sensitive cells in the cortex helps shed light on the neural circuitry of cognitive control. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.



A New Memory Aid

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbResearchers may have uncovered a new benefit to brain stimulation: enhancing memory. Our monthly column, by Guy McKhann, MD, in Brain in the News.  




The Brain’s Emotional Development

July 18, 2017

by Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

New research is helping scientists learn about areas of the brain that are crucial to emotional development, and how our surroundings fit into the picture.

Events and Deadlines

The Aging Brain



Washington DC

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

11/9/2017- 11/10/2017

International Neuroethics Society

Washington, DC

Merging Minds & Technology: Transform Classrooms with Robotics, Brain Science, and Virtual/Maker Spaces

11/10/2017- 11/12/2017

Learning & the Brain

Boston, MA

Neuroscience 2017

11/11/2017- 11/15/2017

Society for Neuroscience

Washington, DC

Featured Publications

Brain Terms Glossary

Brain Terms Glossary - Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary. (PDF)

Featured Video

To prevent or slow cognitive decline in later life, one should adopt as many healthy lifestyle choices as possible, researcher Ian Deary tells an audience at the Royal Society. For more coverage, see our story on the lecture.